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To become a Marine Corp officer
•To enroll, students must receive a nomination by a member of Congress or the President of the United States
•Students, who hold the rank of midshipmen, attend training and classes in Annapolis, MD
•Training begins with Plebe Summer, seven weeks of physical training, naval education, and moral and ethical development
•The curriculum offers courses within 22 majors in addition to military training
•Tuition, housing, and medical and dental care are paid for by the Navy
•Only a select number of midshipmen will become Marine Officers
•After graduation, these midshipmen receive their commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, then attend The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA
One of the smallest of the five U.S. federal military academies
Four-year Bachelor of Science degree program
Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin
Highly selective
No tuition
No congressional nomination necessary
Holistic education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership
Multiple roles of multi-mission, maritime Coast Guard accommodate diverse interests
Two graduates are NASA astronauts
80% of graduates go to graduate school (most paid for by the Coast Guard)
85% of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment
Renowned as one of the world's preeminent leader development institutions, West Point's mission is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country. The student body, or Corps of Cadets, numbers 4,400 and each year approximately 1,000 cadets join the Long Gray Line as they graduate and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

The United States Military Academy at West Point is integral to the history of the United States of America. Since its founding March 16, 1802, a favorite expression at West Point is that "much of the history we teach was made by people we taught." Great leaders such as Generals Grant, Lee, Pershing, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Patton, Schwarzkopf and Petraeus are among the more than 67,000 graduates.
Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, the Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. Since then, the history of the Naval Academy has reflected the history of the United States. As our country has changed culturally and technologically, so has the Naval Academy. In only a few decades, the Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high-tech fleet with nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships and supersonic aircraft. The Academy has changed, too, giving midshipmen the up-to-date academic and professional training they need to be effective naval officers in their assignments after graduation.